Community Strengthening Grants

The Community Strengthening Grants program is designed to promote and increase participation of local residents in community initiatives, to build and strengthen local networks and partnerships and to support community leadership, learning and skill development.

Council will provide financial assistance to community groups and organisations to support the provision of programs, activities and services which respond to identified community needs, contribute to the building of a stronger community, develop innovative approaches and local social issues and are in accordance with Council's strategic objectives.

This funding has 2 rounds each year and there are three categories for the funding, more details can be found in the grant guidelines. Round 2 is now open and closes on September 20, 2023.

1. Community Projects Funding is for a maximum of $5,000 on a $2 for $1 basis

2. Community Events Funding is for a maximum of $1200.

3. Facilities Upgrades and Equipment Purchases Funding is for a maximum of $5,000 on a $2 for $1 basis


Applicants must be 

  • Community-based not-for-profit organisations
  • Incorporated groups or organisations OR
  • An unincorporated organisation sponsored by an incorporated organisation (other than West Wimmera Shire Council)

Community Strengthening Grants Guidelines(PDF, 592KB)


Apply Now

Please ensure you have read the Community Strengthening Guidelines prior to submitting any applications.

To submit an application, please use our SmartyGrants Portal. 

Submissions for this round are now open and close on 20 September.



Grant Acquittal

Once your project is completed you will need to complete an acquittal process to receive the final grant payment. 

Your will receive an acquittal form to complete via the SmartyGrants Portal with an email link. Please contact Council on if you need support for the acquittal process. 



Getting Support

If you have any further questions or inquiries, please feel free to contact Council on 13 99 72.



For SmartyGrants support you can:

Contact Council on above details 

Read this webpage for SmartyGrants Applicants:

Read these FAQ for SmartyGrants Applicants: